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September 11, 2023
SAL's, Hexagon EPP, Redwork Embroidery, A Fishing Grandfather from Canadian Needle Nana

 Another blast of humidity this week make us so happy that autumn is just in the wings now. Here are more of the Zinnia blooms with their starry stamens. They are annuals but very long lasting once in flower.

Not a great photo but I liked this capture of the female Cardinal sharing nicely with a Redbreasted Nuthatch. Though she appears to be giving him the eye, they were there together with the Nuthatch going back and forth, for quite a while. 

Before I forget again, I want to share with you a SAL occurring now being hosted by Taryn ...

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August 27, 2023
Two More Thrift Finds, Redwork, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

 Old and still beautiful Day Lily and very young Maple tree...

There's a reason cups of tea/coffee are often shown with a backdrop of a cozy quilt/stitching in hoop or/yarn and hook, etc. Our comforts for mind and body are important to us. I honestly don't know what I would do without mine. I also love reading about yours as I think you all know by now.

As you know I also love nothing better than a good poke about in a flea market/thrift store where I challenge myself to see what I can ...

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August 20, 2023
Redwork Stitching, Marking Pencils,Gardening, Movies from Canadian Needle Nana

 I shared a photo of the vines that grew so well in winter inside the house a while back. Here they are still alive and well outside all summer. I had put a few seeds in soil just to see what would happen knowing that, while I had no success growing pumpkins, I loved the leaves and these, whatever they are, look so pretty. A very tiny critter also loves them as there are little nibbles taken in some of  them.

And the Marigolds are the ones I grew from seeds planted in my garage green house in May. I ...

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June 3, 2023
Poppy from Jean Swenson


June 2023

This quilt has been in process since late 2021, when I began hand embroidering the flower design on the red poppy print blocks. In early 2022, I completed piecing it (on sewing machine). Since I wanted to hand quilt it, by the time summer came around, I had little interest in having a quilt draped on me while hand quilting. By October, the weather had cooled enough, but it still took a few months to get it across the finish line. I finally finished it earlier this year, but hadn’t taken time to write a post ...

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January 30, 2023
Design Wall Monday - January 30, 2023 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Good Morning Quilters!

UFOs have been getting finished here at a fast pace this January!  The cheddar/black fall quilt has its solid black borders attached, and is ready for the long arm quilter.  Here is a picture of it:

Nine blocks by nine blocks which finish at eight inches each.  Borders finish at six inches, making the quilt top 84” by 84” square.

The redwork quilt top has been completed and is ready for quilting.  I am still thinking about the plan to quilt this one…….minimally for sure.

I looked at the corners I created and decided to ...

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January 23, 2023
Design Wall Monday - January 23, 2023 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Good Morning Quilters!

This is a happy day!  My long time UFO of redwork squares is a completed quilt top!  I finished the last corner embroidery yesterday.  

Here are some pictures. My blocks finish at 10 inches square and there are 8 across and 8 down, with borders that each finish at 7 inches.  So the quilt will be 94” by 94”.  Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt is on the design wall, so these pictures are taken with it on the floor.  I will post a picture of all of it when it is a completed quilt.

I am thinking I ...

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January 17, 2023
New Year Stuff- Gifts, Projects, Calm Yourself Goal from Canadian Needle Nana

I've been busy doing everything but blogging. Out attempting walks with the camera in spite of all kinds of weather, baking muffins, embroidering, reading, listening to podcasts while putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It has been a peaceful, satisfying and relaxing welcome to a new year. Along the way I found two garbage bags of "stuff" to give to the Value Village.  So a little cleanout felt good too.

I decided to cook a turkey last week just so we could have a turkey dinner here at the wooden house and enjoy lots of leftovers too. A turkey is ...

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Design Wall Monday - January 16, 2023 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Good Morning Quilters!

There is progress on three quilts this week.

The Cheddar/black UFO quilt is back up on the design wall, and the hsts that were packed away with it didn’t work out as a border.  It made the quilt “busier” than it already is, and I think it’s plenty busy enough.  I changed my mind and am going to add a simple black solid border and be done with it.  As a quilt maker, I have a right to change my mind….several times, in this case.  lol

Here is a picture of my audition ...

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January 3, 2023
Using Accountability Tools - Week 1 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Weekly goals - 1st week in January, 2023

1).  Red work “penny squares” quilt top:

     A).  Sew borders on the redwork quilt.

     B)  Draw up the design for the four corners on this same quilt.

     C). Work on hand embroidery of redwork to complete borders.

2)   Make one block for the B.Biggs quilt (3rd row #2 block)

3)   UFO plan:  Put a project on the design wall and start sewing blocks into rows..

I’m sharing goals with the linky party “To Do Tuesday” this year, (Here) in a plan to be accountable to other quilters each week.  I shall ...

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January 2, 2023
Design Wall Monday - January 2, 2023 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Good Morning Quilters!

2023 is here, and with it comes new hope and encouragement about completing UFOs.  My thoughts on approaching challenges in 2023 is:

Simplify and Innovate  Treat everyone (including self) with kindness.

2022 was a year of finishing so many of my UFOs, and making great progress on others.  It was a great encouagement for me to see some finishes.  Last week, I counted up the remaining boxes of UFO projects, and it is still a daunting list.  But since great progress was made last year, great progress can be made this year too!

 I know, I know ...

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December 23, 2022
Reflections, Project Progress, Gift Wrapping Video, Link to 2023 QAL's List from Canadian Needle Nana

It's that time of year and I too have been reviewing 2022 and noting what worked well for me and what didn't. I'm pleased with my fitness efforts and my focus on upper body strength for my year 71 to 72 continues. There is much more I could be doing with this if I was really serious but I'm not. The overall basic goal is to remain upright, able to walk where ever I want unassisted and for as long as I want without being tired. And of course, to have the strength in arms, hands ...

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December 19, 2022
Free Patterns, Christmas Redwork, White Lotus, White Winter World from Canadian Needle Nana

Ned, stopped in awe, looking at what the back yard has been transformed into this morning. Our first real snowfall taking the yard from brown to white overnight. It actually made him frisky something he is not supposed to be these days. I just got the shovels from the garage and will tackle the front steps shortly. So winter really begins.

While it's great to be finishing up Robbie's quilt, I felt the need to be stitching something of the season.

In my stash was this little kit someone gave me ages ago. The included fabrics are quite ...

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Design Wall Monday - December 19, 2022 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

 Good Morning Quilters!

Santa visited our family Saturday while we were dining in Frankenmuth, Michigan.    He told me I AM on his GOOD LIST this year, and he also said it’s been quite a few years since I’ve been on the good list, so he was very proud of me!  I was so happy with the good news I asked him if I could have a photo:

The quilting has been slow this week around here, and is probably going to continue to be slow until the new year.   I did take a redwork square with me in ...

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November 20, 2022
Old Fashioned Redwork Santa, Piccadilly Baskets, Medical Check Up Time from Canadian Needle Nana

 We are now there with no leaves on the trees and I realize a plus for can see through the woods more clearly. 

This is useful when walking Ned on his lead. I could add to Thomas' list No Surprise Leaps at the turkeys or deer which are moving about daily. I've been fortunate so far to catch sight before he does and steer him away. He pulled me down hard once and I don't want to chance that again.
I shared an article on the Top Six Quilt Trends at Quilt Market in this post ...

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September 3, 2022
Serious Talk, A New Sighting, Redwork Hanging, Cross Stitching Feet from Canadian Needle Nana

I  finished another biographical book about Eleanor Roosevelt called Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn.  Here is one of Eleanor's lines I like and wrote in my journal.

" You can not live at all if you do not learn to adapt yourself to your life as it happens to be." 

How to remain caring and sensitive yet adapt and accept the unkind things life throws at us. Not easy. Especially those times when "you think you've lost a lot and then you lose even more" times. One foot in front of the other with music in my ears ...

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August 29, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Favourite Summer Spot, Panama Pyramids, Flight of Fancy Progress from Canadian Needle Nana

August 25 view of the pond. 
In the midst of all the pleasures of this property is this little pond, I sit down here most summer mornings with my camera and Ned beside me. Both of us looking, looking, looking. Me for birds- haven't a clue what he is looking for but he keeps his head on a swirl and seems to enjoy the experience as well. We don't speak and seem to hold our breaths waiting for something great to appear/happen. It always seems we are both reluctant to finally give in, leave the peace and ...

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August 13, 2022
Het Klossie Challenge, Panama Pyramids, Labrador Love, Flight of Fancy Fabrics from Canadian Needle Nana

 Even in what I think is the fulsome of summer, a little nagging thing has happened. Hubby pointed out that the light is fading a tiny tab bit earlier each day. As much as the continual heat waves and humidity are unwanted, the thought of the summer fading is not a good one.  

So just have to enjoy the growth while we can. Below is a neglected part of the garden behind the house. With so much in the front areas to maintain, this bit gets left out often.  The blue flowering bush hides the ac unit and I'm ...

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August 6, 2022
Redworked Birds- Flight of Fancy, Basket Case Finish, Quartet in Autumn, Petey Posing from Canadian Needle Nana

 I'd mentioned that I had to go out shopping.  That morning I stood in our closet completely stumped as to what to wear. I have a goodly amount of clothes so why it is such a chore sometimes to pick out a top and bottom is kind of ludicrous. I left and went to a window to look at the sky which told me nothing because I already knew it was very hot outside with the sun splitting the rocks, as we used to say at home. I decided to wear linen which is a difficult material but breezy ...

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January 24, 2022
The One Length Project from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The one length didn’t even finish two letters yesterday. I think I’m going to do two lengths on these big letters. I like more progress than this. That’s what I’m going to do – two lengths unless I’m in a bind for time and then I’ll just do one, at least on these big letters....

The post The One Length Project appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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October 27, 2021
Halloween Redwork and Quilting, Garden Regrowth from Canadian Needle Nana

     So are you ready for the Trick and Treaters? Have you bought the little bars or bags of chips?  We don't get any little folk down our laneway but I always buy one of those boxes of tiny bars just in case. You know who winds up eating the chocolate.

Most welcome in the garden.  This pretty bloom has the unlikely name of Toad Lily. It made a very late appearance in the garden blooming in late September and was sustained because of the humidity of the first two weeks of October.

Below is an example of the regrowth ...

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